Mexico is a country rich in cultural heritage, and its artistry extends to various handicrafts, including the production of stationery and cardboard products. This sector is thriving in different municipalities, such as Acolman, Metepec, Toluca, Huixquilucan, Nezahualcóyotl, Otumba, and many others.
The Piñata Sector and Traditional Art
One of the most popular products produced by Mexican artisans in the stationery and cardboard sector is piñatas. The artisans not only cater to the commercial market but also adhere to the traditional forms and techniques of popular art. The piñata sector alone is worth mentioning, as it is a testament to the ingenuity and creative talent of Mexican artisans.
Stationery and Cardboard Sector
The stationery and cardboard sector in Mexico is not limited to piñatas. In certain municipalities, artisans produce a variety of products that showcase their creativity and talent. These products are made from paper, which has been used in Mexico for centuries. The antecedents of paper in Mexico can be traced back to the Mayas, who already manufactured this material between 500 and 1000 years before our era. In the Mexica civilization, paper or amatl was used for ritual purposes, such as the recording of the Temoaxtli or divine book, and the elaboration of codices.
The Continuity of Traditional Art Forms
The production of stationery and cardboard products in Mexico has a long tradition that dates back to pre-Hispanic or colonial times. However, the artisans have adapted to new techniques, materials, and tools, and have innovated the crafts themselves to meet the sensibilities and tastes of the public, which has also changed over time. Although a significant part of the attraction of handicrafts is their attachment to tradition, new aesthetic and utilitarian proposals from the creators of the sector have also kept these products in the interest of the people.
Spanish and European Influences
According to Rubín de la Borbolla, an expert in Mexican trades established in New Spain, the production of stationery and cardboard products in Mexico was influenced by various cultures, including the indigenous legacy, Asian influences, Spanish styles, and European styles. The Spanish style, in particular, was likely to have dominated cardboard production.
The stationery and cardboard sector in Mexico is a vibrant and diverse industry that showcases the creative talent of Mexican artisans. The production of piñatas and other paper-based products has a long tradition that dates back to pre-Hispanic or colonial times, and the artisans have adapted to changing times while still keeping the traditional forms and techniques alive. This sector is an essential part of Mexican culture and heritage, and it is worth exploring for anyone interested in handicrafts and traditional art forms.
In-Text Citation: Artesanía Mexiquense, La Magia De Nuestra Gente. 1st ed., Mexico, Gobierno del Estado de México, 2006.